BASA Bulletin 2017 – Connectivity

BASA uses its research learnings to create opportunities, to connect the private sector and the arts sector both in South Africa, but also across borders. This set of programmes focuses on the support of, and for the public sector, with the understanding that systemic change is required, if we are going to see equitable business arts partnerships.

Supporting Grant Programme in full swing!

BASA’s Supporting Grant Programme is designed for artist/arts organisations and businesses to assist in activating sponsorship for a cross-section of arts projects in different regions of the country. This is done by providing financial support to a project that is in an already existing relationship between a business and arts organisation. The November 2016 Supporting Grant cycle saw 13 successful applicants and a total of R665,000.00 disbursed. This year has seen two grant cycles to date. There were 22 successful applicants in the February cycle with a total of R696,000.00 disbursed, and 23 successful applicants and a total of R641,000.00 disbursed in the April cycle. The closing date for the next Supporting Grant cycle was 5 July, with outcomes announced later that month.

The projects funded in the November 2016 to April 2017 cycles included:

The last cycle for 2017 will close on 8 November.

For more information contact Aviwe Matandela on 011 447 2295 or email at


BASA Consultancy

BASA supports it’s members on a consultancy basis, using its research and broader partnerships to provide businesses with arts based intelligence and arts based initiatives – this to support their strategic goals.

For more information contact Michelle Constant


Partnered Africa

BASA works closely with diverse members, supporting them in their cross border goals. Currently we are working with BASA member Standard Bank on an opportunity to work with the Bank in Ghana and with BASA member PPC in Zimbabwe. BASA was also awarded a British Council tender to further its Africa work in Ethiopia.

BASA will be hosting a series of Business Breakfasts along with workshops and development of a toolkit on private sector investment.

For more information contact Lonwabo Mavuso


DAC BASA Board Research, supported by FirstRand Foundation

BASA, in partnership with the DAC and supported by the FirstRand Foundation (FRF), is currently working on a programme to strengthen the capacity and processes of the councils of DAC state owned entities. The Cultural Policy and Management Division at the Wits School of Arts, under the leadership of Avril Joffe, was commissioned to do baseline research of all 25 DAC institutions with regards to the challenges and opportunities in their councils. Once the baseline research was completed, a pilot series of capacity building workshops was rolled out. These were primarily targeted at The South African State Theatre as the pilot institution, with council representatives from Iziko Museums and the National Arts Council of South Africa, DAC representatives, BASA staff, and members of the research team also in attendance. The workshops got underway on June 20th with the Institute of Directors of South Africa (IoDSA) giving a workshop on board/council member duties and liabilities. This was followed by the Wits Centre for Cultural Policy and Management’s workshop on June 21st, which looked at trends, value and the role of arts and culture in society, as well as the value that culture creates may be understood, measured and evaluated.

Based on the research findings and recommendations, as well as feedback from the pilot workshop series, a toolkit will be developed for all DAC entities to use as a basic guide both for induction and regular ongoing practice. The toolkit and pilot workshops could potentially inform further workshops and interventions going forward (outside of the ambit of this project). In addition to this, we are exploring the possibility of creating a sector wide practice note in alignment with the King IV Report with the IoDSA.